Record heat in Sicily, in Syracuse reached 48.8 degrees: it is the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe
A weather station near Syracuse today recorded a temperature of 48.8 degrees, the highest ever recorded in Europe.
The survey carried out by the network of the Sicilian Agrometeorological Information Service (Sias), exceeded the record of 48.5 degrees recorded by an unofficial station in Catenanuova on 10 August 1999 and the 48 degrees measured in Athens on 10 July 1977. The new record is It was recorded at 13:14 from a station located in the Monasteri district, near Floridia, with a relative humidity rate of less than 10 percent. “At the moment there are no reasons to invalidate the data, but if possible we will make an ex-post evaluation on the accuracy of the measure,” the Sias said on Facebook.
On the same day today, Tunis also recorded a record temperature, with 49 degrees, exceeding the 46.8 degrees recorded in the capital of Tunisia in 1982.
The heat wave that has engulfed Sicily in the last few hours has brought temperatures to exceed 47 degrees also in Paternò, in the province of Catania and in Lentini, in the province of Syracuse, as well as fueling fires in various parts of the region. A situation defined as “dramatic” by civil protection, which today led to the death of a 30-year-old farmer in Paternò, who was crushed by his tractor while trying to put out a fire in the Ponte Barca area. Also in Calabria a 76-year-old man lost his life due to the fire in Grotteria, in the province of Reggio Calabria
Last week, Prime Minister Mario Draghi declared the state of national mobilization of the civil protection system to fight fires, favored by record temperatures.
According to the latest report by the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published this week, global warming, unequivocally attributed to greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, will increasingly go hand in hand with an increase in extreme natural events.
In recent weeks, extensive and in some cases unprecedented fires have also affected countries such as the United States, Brazil and Russia as well as several Mediterranean countries such as Algeria, Turkey and Greece.